What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Back to the Beginning

When I started this blog, I called it My Deal of the Day. I wanted to chronicle some of my deals that I get at the grocery store and other stores. Well, that got rather boring after a while and I started chronicling my thrifting stories and that took over the old bloggity-blog. So, in honor of the original idea of this blog - here are my Deals of the Day:

I knew I was going to Target today so I checked Fishing for Deals to see what sort of deals were going on. I found that 12 ct. Pop-Tarts were on sale 4/$9.00. That is $2.25 a box, so a bit cheaper than my regular store. Plus, part of the Target ad is after you buy four, you get a $5.00 Target Gift Card, bringing the price down to $4.00 for four boxes - $1.00 a box. Now we're talking. But, wait, there's more! At A Full Cup you can go to the Target coupon generator and print out a coupon (or eight like I did) for 50¢ off each box, bring the price of each box down to 50¢ a box. Now, that, my friends is a deal.

Eight boxes of Pop-Tarts at 50¢ a box. Plus there is a form on each box for a FREE book with two proof of Purchases. So, that is four free books on top of my already good deal. (But, you know it will get even better before I am done).
Special K Bars are also part of the 4/$9.00 with a free $5.00 Gift Card Ad. Take off the $5.00 gift card and you are down to $1.00 a box. But wait! ;o) I belong to Vocalpoint and get coupons in the mail from time to time. Not long ago I got an envie full of $1.00 off any Special K bars. $1.00 off $1.00 equals freebie city. So, all eight of these cost me Na-Da.

I did have to pay the pre-Gift Card price for all 16 of these items, but I used a $25.00 gift card from MyPoints to pay. I only used $12.00 off it, plus I got $20.00 in Gift Cards on top of that. There is also a $10.00 Kellogg's rebate when you buy 10 items on one ticket, so I will send in for that, bringing my entire cost for 16 boxes of PopTarts and Snack Bars to zero, plus I still have the $20.00 in Gift Cards.

On to Walgreen's for my next deal. This week Life Savers are Buy One Get One Free. I had six coupons for Buy One Get One Free, so that made for twelve bags for free. When I checked out, three of the coupons came off fine, but the other three didn't. I paid the checker, but she asked for a manager to see why the other three wouldn't come off correctly. Actually, I knew why, Walgreen's prices are so random that it messes up the system. One flavor rang up $1.99, then the free one was free. One flavor rang up $1.00, then the second one was 99¢. Another one rang up $1.39 and the next one was free. Each flavor had a different random price. After ten minutes of the manager taking my coupons and receipt and leaving the front end, he came back and told me that under no circumstances where those valid since they were already Buy One Get One Free, so I couldn't use them. The register had taken off the first three fine, so obviously it would take them. He did say that I had been overcharged 50¢ (Not sure how he decided that), but made no effort to give me my 50¢. He was talking to me like I had tried to pull a fast one or down something wrong, so I just really didn't feel like pushing it or making a big deal out of it, so we left. I like to feel good about my deals, not guilty. The other six that I didn't have a coupon for were Buy One, Get One Free, so I only paid about $3.00 for all twelve in the end. And, probably, just to prove that I did no wrong, I will take the other three coupons to my Walgreen's (I should have gone there in the first place) and get six more bags for FREE. Trick or treat candy for free at my house.

So, that is probably more than you ever wanted to know about my Deal of the Day. If you want a snack or some candy - come on over. We are all set.

Tomorrow I am going to a Church Rummage Sale and an Estate Sale. The Estate sale is in a teeny town up the highway. The ad says that the poeple lived in the same house for 50 years and everything must be sold. Most Estate sales around here are just big yard sales. Not the high priced Estate Sales run by companies. There are a few companies around here that do hold high priced sales like that, but I usually only go to them to see fancy-schmancy houses and never buy anything. The sale tomorrow sounds like it could be a good one. I don't need a bunch. Just a treasure or two to make my day!


  1. Good lord, that is some serious thrifting! And no way should you feel guilty, it's the manager who hasn't figured out what customer service means who should be hanging his head.

    Those rummage sales will have to be pretty darned good to beat these prices. Sound like Target may have to pay you to stay away! ;o)

  2. Your blog is never boring! And you got some really good deals.


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